08 SEP 2012

It was another successful afternoon’s qualifying for Ginetta at Silverstone today, as no less than eight of the Yorkshire-built cars set their times around the famous GP circuit; with a top four lockout for the G50 GT4 cars.

Ginetta’s works G55 GT3 car, driven by Team LNT’s Lawrence Tomlinson (Chairman of Ginetta) and Mike Simpson (Head of Sales and Official Factory Driver) was running in a comfortable third place for a good portion of the 45 minute qualifying session, until it slipped to sixth overall in the closing 10 minutes.

After missing the last round at Snetterton, Team WFR’s Riki Christodoulou and Jody Firth made an storming return to the GT3 grid as they brought home their Ginetta G55 car in third place, just 0.3 seconds off the pole sitter.

Elsewhere, Optimum Motorsport fielded John Hartshorne, George Murrells and Luke Hines to claim overall P19, whilst problems for Stark Racing By Hepworth drivers Ian Stinton and Jake Rattenbury meant they could only bring home a disappointing P20.

In the GT4 class it was a Ginetta lockout for the top four slots, as runaway championship leaders Jody Fannin and Warren Hughes’ Team WFR car stormed into P1, 0.7 seconds ahead of the APO Sport car of Alex Osborne and James May.

Ginetta GT5 Challenge drivers Lee Mowle and Gary Simms jumped out of their Optimum Ginetta G40 race cars and into the waiting G50 GT4 car to bring home P3, whilst the Century Motorsport pairing of Zoe Wenham and Dominic Evans ended up P4 – just 0.1 seconds off P3, despite only completing 8 qualifying laps – the fewest of all the afternoon’s cars.

With the sun setting in Northamptonshire, the timing sheets look positive for the Ginetta competitors; and with a three hour race looming in the morning, it’s all to play for around the famous Silverstone circuit.